I am dedicating this to the must influential writer in my life, Christopher Hitchens
Message’s poured in from Christians demanding that I respect their religion after I posted what I believe is a pretty funny way of putting the basic beliefs of their faith.
“The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was persuaded by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree” Truth be told I think that religion is a slap in the face of humanity. It is disrespectful to my intelligence to tell me that its more likely that the laws of nature where suspended rather than the simpler explanation that a Jewish whore would tell a lie. The Virgin birth is nothing short of a mistranslation, or worse, an out and out lie on the part of the Christian Scribes. But I digress. This idea of ‘You must respect my religion’ is of great interest to me. I feel as if the school bully is getting beat up for a change and crying for the help that he made fun of others for seeking out. I find it greatly amusing when I hear Christians laughing at the beliefs of Scientology when they make more sense to me than virgin births, talking snakes, unicorns, dragons, witches, and ‘the firmament.’ Ridicule, my dear religious friend, is not as bad as what you have done to the infidel, the unbelievers. I respect you my friends, but I do not get the same back. I am amazed at how many times my disbelief is taken as an insult and a direct threat to your beliefs. How many times have I been told that I will be thrown into the pits of hell? Yet I am the intolerant one for poking fun at something that seems utterly ridiculous to me? The rose colored glasses and kid gloves you don when dealing with your religion but take off when dealing with others shows the utter hypocrisy that forms the thinking of the religious mind. While it is easy to laugh at the beliefs of others to do so and demand respect when it comes to your own silly fantasies is unacceptable. I refuse to be gentle with something that is so hateful that it inspires people to fly airplanes into buildings, and has people protesting the funerals of Soldiers with signs that say ‘God Hates America’ and ‘Thank God for Dead Soldiers.’ I will not play nice with something that allows you to discriminate against a group of people for their nature, to refuse them the civil right of marriage. Nothing gives you the moral right to stand in the street with signs that read ‘GOD HATES FAGS.’ NO I WILL NOT RESPECT YOUR RELIGION BECAUSE YOU DO NOT RESPECT MY HUMANITY. You call us the New Atheist because we are intolerant of your intolerance. So be it! I will be your friend. I will respect you. I will not hold my tongue about your beliefs when I feel they are wrong and out of line. Religion in Western society has lost it strongest deterrent, the ability to burn heretics at the stake. Now all the bully has left is the threat of punishment in the after life and a cry for undeserved respect that they do not show to others.